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Solidago canadensis scabra - (Muhl.)Torr.&A.Gray.

Common Name Canadian Goldenrod
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry to damp thickets, roadsides and clearings[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Maine to Ontario, Nebraska, Georgia and Texas.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Solidago canadensis scabra Canadian Goldenrod


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Solidago canadensis scabra is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.8 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

S. altissima. L.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses: Tea

Young leaves and flowering stems - cooked[172]. Seed[22, 46, 61, 105, 161, 183]. It can be used as a thickener in soups[172]. The seed is very small and fiddly to harvest or utilize[K]. A tea can be made from the flowers and/or the leaves[172, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiseptic  Haemostatic  Salve  Skin  Styptic

The whole plant is antiseptic, haemostatic, salve and styptic[168, 172, 257]. An infusion of the dried powdered herb can be used as an antiseptic[168]. A poultice of the flowers has been used in the treatment of ulcers and burns[257]. A poultice of the moistened, crushed root has been used in the treatment of boils[257].

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Other Uses

Dye  Latex

A source of latex, contained in the leaves. A potentially good source of rubber[61]. Mustard, orange and brown dyes can be obtained from the whole plant[168].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture retentive soil in sun or semi-shade[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. A rather greedy plant, it is apt to impoverish the soil[1]. Hybridizes freely with S. canadensis[43]. The plant attracts various beneficial insects such as ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies to the garden, these insects will help to control insect pests in the garden[201, 238].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to become dry. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on for their first winter in pots. Plant them out into their permanent positions in spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Solidago canadensisCanadian Goldenrod, Shorthair goldenrod, Harger's goldenrod, Rough Canada goldenrod, Common GoldenroPerennial1.8 5-10 MLMHSNM220
Solidago fistulosaPine barren goldenrodPerennial1.8 0-0  LMHSNM01 
Solidago flexicaulisZigzag goldenrodPerennial0.6 3-9 MLMHFSNDM003
Solidago giganteaGiant GoldenrodPerennial1.2 5-9  LMHSNM02 
Solidago graminifoliaFlat-Topped GoldenrodPerennial1.5 3-7  LMHSNM11 
Solidago japonica Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Solidago leavenworthiiLeavenworth's goldenrodPerennial1.2 -  LMHSNM01 
Solidago missouriensisPrairie Goldenrod, Missouri goldenrod, Tolmie's goldenrodPerennial1.2 6-9  LMHSNDM211
Solidago nemoralisOld-Field Goldenrod, Gray goldenrodPerennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNDM11 
Solidago odoraSweet Goldenrod, Anisescented goldenrod, Chapman's goldenrodPerennial1.2 3-7  LMHSNDM222
Solidago radiata  0.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Solidago rigidaStiff Goldenrod, Flat Topped Goldenrod, Stiff GoldenrodPerennial1.2 3-9 FLMHSNM02 
Solidago spathulataCoast Goldenrod, Creeping GoldenrodPerennial0.6 4-9 FLMHSNM11 
Solidago spectabilisNevada GoldenrodPerennial0.5 6-9  LMHSNM11 
Solidago suaveolensanisescented goldenrodPerennial0.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Solidago virgaureaGoldenrodPerennial0.6 4-8  LMHSNDM13 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Erik Wassenich   Sun Aug 3 2008

This is the second year I am collecting the flowers and leaves, dry them and make tea from them. It is good for blood circulation, also for the urinary system and, according to many people in Russia, Solidago canadensis scabra keeps the prostate healthy and contributes to the general health of the people who drink this tea. The best way to prepare the tea is to boil water, let it cool to approximately 70 degrees C, then fill the tea pot. The teapot can be refilled with water 2 or three times, the tea staying strong. After 2 years of drinking this tea (often half and half Solidago canadensis tea and Orthilia secunda tea mixed). I have never felt better, haven't seen a doctor.

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